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CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

College of Applied Arts Newsletter A Member  of  The  Texas  State  University  System    

Recent CAA  News  

Dates to Remember

Program Growth


Effective fall 2012, there are two academic units that will be renamed to better describe and position them within the university, professional community, and beyond. 1. The Department of Criminal Justice becomes the School of Criminal Justice; and   2. The Program in Occupational Education will become the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies.   Both of these units have experienced tremendous growth in the previous years with new academic programs, expanding faculty research, and high tech facilities. Please join us in congratulating these groups on their many recognized successes.

New Graduate Degree Programs Graduate admissions information can be obtained from the Graduate College. In some instances, additional credentials may be required for acceptance into a specific academic program. Graduate Degrees The College of Applied Arts now offers ten graduate degrees and one doctoral program. The School of Family and Consumer Sciences now offers a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Sustainability and a Master’s of Science in Merchandising and Consumer Studies. • • • • • • • • • • •

Doctorate in Criminal Justice Master of Education in Agricultural Education Master of Science in Criminal Justice Master of Science in Family and Child Studies Master of Science in Human Nutrition Master of Science in Merchandising & Consumer Studies Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Sustainability Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Education (Management of Technical Education) Master of Social Work - Advanced Master of Social Work - Regular


Deadline Extension for August Graduation Candidates


4th of July (Classes do not meet)


Summer Session I, Classes end at noon


Summer Session I, Final Exams


Summer Session II, Classes begin


Graduate Advisor Brown Bag meeting, Pedernales, 11:30 am



Hooding Ceremony, Alkek Teaching Theater, 6 pm


Commencement, Strahan Coliseum, 2 pm


CAA Annual Chair/Directors Retreat, McCoy Building, Conference Room, 8 am – 5 pm


Annual College Faculty Meeting, FCS 158, Noon  

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 Occupational   G raduate Studies NewsP& Events Education   rogram      

The Office of the Dean of the College of Applied Arts cordially invites you to attend the


Master’s Hooding Ceremony Class of August 2012 "The noblest search is the search for excellence." - Lyndon B. Johnson Thirty-Sixth President of the United States, 1963-1969 Texas State University Class of 1930 The Master’s Hooding Ceremony honors Scholarly Achievement & Graduate Research Alkek Teaching Theater Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 6 pm

RSVP by August 1st to 512-245-3538 For special accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 512-245-3451, at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of The Texas State University System.

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Occupational   Graduate Student Spotlight Education   Program      

The Magical Mystery Tour

Written By Erin McGann, Program Specialist V Reentry and Integration Division, TDCJ, Criminal Justice Master’s Student

When we told family and friends that we are going to Cuba you we heard the following: “Isn’t that illegal?” “Isn’t that Dangerous?” “Aren’t you worried you will get arrested?” “Are you going to Guantanamo?” “Why?” The answers are no, no, no, no and how much time do you have to hear my answer? Cuba is one of four countries (the others being Libya, Iraq and North Korea) in which US citizens are restricted to travel, unless specific requirements are met. The laws are frequently revised concerning who can travel, when, and for how long, depending on which political party is in power in the United States. Fortunately for the group of fourteen criminal justice students, three faculty and two lucky tag-alongs, the stars aligned and we were able to go to Cuba. Our trip consisted of four days in Havana, three days in Cienfuego, and two more days in Havana. Dr. Donna Vandiver, who had not been to Cuba since 1999, organized this study abroad opportunity. We all had different perceptions of what Cuba would be like. Many thought we would not be allowed to purchase a newspaper, others thought we might be followed or monitored in some way. We were all very excited to discover “the forbidden.” After a one-hour flight from Miami to Havana and making our way thorough customs, the first view we had that made us realize we had stepped into another country were the old cars—rows and rows of American cars from the 1950s interspersed with a few Russian Ladas from later years. We also saw the first of many pictures and billboards with the revolutionary hero Che Guevara.

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Our program’s objectives were to identify historical events that shaped today’s criminal justice

system in Cuba, examine the role of the lawyer in the Cuban legal system compared to the system in the United States, identify current social issues in Cuban society, and examine the role of the

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). The CDR is an interesting organization,

somewhat comparable to neighborhood watch groups in the United States. The CDR was formed

prior to the Bay of Pigs invasion. The groups are organized to promote social welfare and report on counterrevolutionaries and turn them in to the authorities. The CDR also performs less controversial tasks, such as organizing community events, games, parties and other social activities. When one travels to Cuba, it is important to be flexible, so unfortunately, for whatever reason we were never able to meet with the members of the CDR. We did, however, meet with many different groups of attorneys. While it would be difficult to substantiate the veracity of the information we received, to some extent the same can be said about our own system. Our first meeting began with a professor expressing that no subject was off the table, and that they would readily answer any questions we had for them. The “open discussion” mostly involved him lecturing us on modern Cuban history, from their independence from Spain in the late 19th century to the era of their Revolution—which is ongoing. He also explained the basis for their constitution. Not surprisingly, it was apparent that this professor was a staunch supporter of the Revolution and frequently expressed cynical and derogatory opinions regarding the United States and the embargo, pointing out various hypocrisies on our part. While we were somewhat taken aback by his espousal of party doctrine and his defensiveness to questions about Cuba’s handling of particular social issues (even issues that he may not have realized that we were agreeable to), we later learned from our guide that this man was in his eighties, and had fought alongside Fidel Castro during the Revolution, which helped to explain his unyielding attitude and bias; he was an old-guard revolutionary. We also met with the Lawyers Union and a panel of lawyers and former judges in both Havana and Cienfuego who gave us some excellent insight into the legal system. Much of the system seems to run similarly to the Criminal Justice system in the United States, however it is not at all transparent. The public can go to trials to watch them, but the newspaper does not cover trials, and there are no transcripts kept of the proceedings. There are automatic appeals when a person is convicted, and each person is assigned a lawyer. The lawyers work as a co-op, and there is no private practice. One interesting aspect of the system is that there are no juries—instead there are three judges. One judge is a professional, and the other two are appointed for a month at a time. The appointed judges are paid their same salaries and the professional judge keeps the trial on task. At the end of the trial all three judges must agree or it is a mistrial. At each panel, we were given the opportunity to ask questions: • How does Cuba handle the death penalty? They currently have a moratorium - no one has been executed since 1998. • How does Cuba handle LGBT rights? Fidel Castro’s daughter is a psychiatrist who started a group to promote LGBT rights. (Article continues on next page.)

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Can citizens criticize the government without fear of retribution? According to the lawyers—yes. Since most of us spent time talking to citizens on the street that openly complained about the government, I would mostly agree—although they often talked in hushed tones when discussing the particular subject matter. How are sex offenders handled? Their sentence is at least 10 years, they can get parole after five years and there are no registries or tracking of the offenders after they are released. Can citizens criticize the government without fear of retribution? According to the lawyers—yes. Since most of us spent time talking to citizens on the street that openly complained about the government, I would mostly agree—although they often talked in hushed tones when discussing the particular subject matter.

Cuba has a parole system that the offender can access after they have served half their sentence. The prisons are progressive in punishment—if one behaves well, he or she will get rewarded with better living situations, and even weekend trips out of prison. Once offenders are on parole, they report to a judge periodically to show they are following the requirements. Solitary confinement is used in only the worst cases. Juveniles under the age of 16 cannot be held responsible for crimes; instead they are sent to a home to rehabilitate. The conversations with the lawyers groups were fascinating, as was the meeting with the representative from the Federation of Cuban Women. We discussed the Cuban constitution, which recognizes the rights of women as equal to those of men; socialized medicine—all women (and men) have access to free birth control as part of their health care and all women are encouraged to plan their births, with many women choosing to have only one child. The role of the woman as mother is also recognized and maternity leave is given for a year after birth. The formal panels and meetings we attended gave us a great base to travel around the cities and understand what the citizens of Cuba were concerned with; most citizens were happy and wanted to talk to Americans. We were frequently told, “We don’t hate Americans - please tell your friends”. Many of the people we talked to were less than happy with the communist system. One elderly woman said she remembered the capitalist system, and communism just makes people complacent—no one worked hard to get what they needed. Another man we spoke with told us that he had been educated in the former USSR as a nuclear engineer. Since the USSR broke up, and nuclear power never came to fruition in Cuba, he now works in a restaurant and feels that he could do better financially in a capitalist system. But this man also conceded that capitalism would not necessarily be good for the people in the countryside because they rely more on the safety net that communism offers than those who live in the city. (Article continues on next page.)

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Havana is a beautiful city of 2.1 million people. With the exception of the hotels built by the casino owners in the 1950s, most of the buildings in Havana are no more than eight stories or so high. Although there are many different areas, we primarily explored Havana Viejo the most. We travelled through other areas, and did some exploring—but our hotel was in Havana Viejo, so we got to know it well. The other town we went to is Cienfuego—a fishing "village." Cienfuego is where Cuba started building a nuclear reactor in the 1980s. The building stopped when the Soviet Union collapsed and Cuba’s funding stopped, which began the “Special Period”. The town is beautiful—older concrete buildings and lovely people. There was a nice little tropical storm while we were there and at one point we were walking the streets in about a foot of water! The Spanish colonial architecture in Cuba is beautiful. Havana looks like a beautiful woman who has become old—you can see its former beauty, but time and inattentiveness has taken its toll. The architecture is a combination of art nouveau, art deco, classic and colonial all of which mostly work well in the climate with large courtyards behind the front door, and balconies leaning out from many windows. There is, however, less attractive Soviet-influenced architecture, especially the apartment buildings. The food in Cuba was wonderful and very continental. The prices for food were not expensive for foreigners ($10-30 for dinner), but Cubans make between $25 and $100 a month so eating out is often out of reach for locals. Another highlight to our trip was the famous ice cream store called Coppélia, which is famous for bringing integration to Cuba by refusing to discriminate against anyone who wanted to buy ice cream. Travel abroad brings a new perspective to one’s life and opens new avenues of understanding. This trip did both, as well as teach 19 Americans the inner workings of the legal system in Cuba. Cuba Libre! Additional Reading about Cuba: Gjelten, T. (2008). Bacardi and the long fight for Cuba: The biography of the cause. New York, NY: Viking. Sweig, J. (2009). Cuba: What everyone needs to know. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Summer Cuba Team: Group Leaders: Dr. Donna Vandiver Dr. Mark Stafford Alberto Mendez (Modern Languages Instructor) PhD Students Erin Grant Barbara Smith Dina Titiampruk Georgianna Brain (ISU alumni; current Phd Student at Old Dominion) Masters Students Ashley Allen Jessica Marinez Katie Kleypas Erin Grant Melissa Vasquez Jason Thompson Charlie Root Nancy Ford Undergraduate Students Tyler Carlson Other Paul King II (husband of Erin McGann)

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Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture Hosted Summer Camp for Grant Fellows   By Casey Torrance University News Service   June 6, 2012

The Texas State University’s Department of Agriculture hosted a summer camp funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (USDA-NIFA HIS) on June 8-10.  

Titled Food Safety and Agroterrorism Training: Educating our Future Workforce, the costs for 50 Hispanic students from Laredo $850,000 grant will be used to offset educational Community College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College and Texas State.   Project Director Doug Morrish and Co-Project Director Ryan Saucier at the camp to   recognize the threats of Agroterrorism and to handle food and agriculture incidents will train   the students. Billy Dictson, director for the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center in Las Cruces, N.M., will also aid in training.  


Upon completion of the workshop, students will receive a certificate from the Department of Homeland Security. All students from the community colleges will be transferring to Texas State with majors in agriculture, biology, nutrition, chemistry and resource and environmental studies.

The camp will also introduce the students to life on the Texas State campus. Students will be housed in dorms and will utilize the dining halls during their stay.

For more information, contact Morrish at (512) 245-3321.


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School of Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice Receives New Designation as 'School' Posted by University News Service, May 25, 2012


The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University-San Marcos has been redesignated as the School of Criminal Justice by the Texas State University System Board of Regents. The designation recognizes the growth in size and prestige of the Texas State criminal justice program over the past several years. It is intended to help the school attract, recruit and retain additional high-quality students and faculty from across the country. “It has been thrilling to participate in the unparalleled growth of such a dynamic program over the past 11 years,” said Quint Thurman, head of the criminal justice program. “We’ve progressed from a small department that excelled at undergraduate teaching to a multi-faceted unit that has developed an exemplary record of achievement in research and in the acquisition   of external funding.” The school currently enrolls more than 1,000 undergraduate students, more than 100 master’s degree students and more than 40 doctoral students. In addition to traditional undergraduate and   graduate degree programs, the school also administers the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, the Texas Justice Court Training Center and Texas CrimeStoppers. It also offers a graduate certificate in intelligence analysis.  

Click here to read the rest of this article.

Interim Chair of the School of Criminal Justice is Named Provost, Dr. Gene Bourgeois announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Stafford as Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, effective July 6, 2012. Dr. Stafford earned a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1971, a M.A. in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 1979. Before joining Texas State in 2008, Dr. Stafford taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where he served as Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor and Associate Chair. He has been the IEAT-FORD Chair of Criminality, Violence, and Public Policy at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; and a Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The College of Applied Arts nominated Dr. Stafford for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service activities in 2010 and 2011. He is well known for his theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of criminal deterrence and for his research on the causes of juvenile delinquency. Dr. Stafford’s current research focuses on sexual offending and public perceptions of sexual offending. Congratulations to Dr. Stafford on his appointment as the Interim Chair of the School of Criminal Justice.

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School of Criminal Justice (cont.)      

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Beth Sanders presented the findings of a community survey to the July 11 Taylor Mill, Ky City Commission meeting. Dr. Sanders surveyed residents who had contacted city police in 2011 to determine their satisfaction with the police department, to solicit community input about police priorities, and to determine the community’s level of knowledge about the programs and services delivered by the Police Department.


Criminal Justice Faculty Member Wins Teaching Innovation Award Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, June 15, 2012

Jaclyn Schlidkraut, first-time teacher and criminal justice doctoral student at Texas State University-San Marcos, has received the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award. Schildkraut   accepted the award this week at the Jasig-Sakai conference in Atlanta, Ga. Schildkraut, from the School of Criminal Justice, submitted her spring 2012 course, “Crime   Theory   and Victimization” for the international award. She said she didn’t expect much to come of it, and was surprised when notified she had won the Higher Education Face-to-Face category   of the award for 2012.  

“Crime Theory and Victimization” is an undergraduate criminal justice course, and had an

enrollment of 35 students, mostly juniors and seniors with a few underclassmen. Schildkraut said she designed the course with several goals in mind beyond teaching criminological theory. She created assignments using forums and other tools in TRACS, designed to challenge students to make a link between the theories they were learning about and current relevant topics. Schildkraut said these assignments fostered critical thinking skills as well as encouraging students to communicate with each other in an open but respectful manner. Students also used the forums for online study groups where all students could post questions and engage in discussions about their understanding of course material before exams. Schildkraut said students would often provide examples to explain theories to each other that would be meaningful and relevant to their peers. She said students who actively participated in the online study group did better on exams than students who did not. In addition, the online study groups were more convenient for students than trying to arrange face-to-face meetings. This was the third consecutive year a Texas State faculty member won the award. Last year, Niem Huynh from the geography department won, and in 2010 Scott Bowman, also from Criminal Justice, was the winner. The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award honors faculty members for innovative teaching practices and is sponsored by rSmart and John Wiley and Sons. TRACS is Texas State’s version of the Sakai learning environment.

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School of Criminal Justice (cont.)        

Faculty & Graduate Student Accomplishments

Texas State University’s School of Criminal Justice was well represented this June at the 2012










Norway. Jonathan Allen, Ward Adams, Dr. Marcus Felson, Dr. Pete Blair, and Dr. Kim

Rossmo gave papers or presented posters to this invitation-only international meeting of


In July,   Dr. Kim Rossmo gave an invited talk on






Fernando Pessoa in Porto, Portugal.  


  The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, established to examine how to prevent a future

recurrence of the infamous Pig Farm serial murders in British Columbia, invited Dr. Kim Rossmo to their public policy forums on “Investigating Missing Person Reports” and “InterJurisdictional Collaboration and Coordination among Police.” He was also asked to prepare a report on how to detect and investigate patterns of missing persons in serial murder cases.

Just published this summer, Cemetery John: The undiscovered mastermind of the Lindbergh kidnapping (by Robert Zorn, Penguin), presents for the first time the geographic profile of this notorious historic case. Dr. Kim Rossmo used the locations where the ransom notes were left and the addresses of the businesses where the gold certificates used to pay the ransom were recovered to determine where the kidnappers most likely lived.

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School of Criminal Justice (cont.)    

HAPCOA Scholarship Awarded

The Scholarship   Committee of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association  

(HAPCOA) recognized Mr. Brian Reyes as one of their 2012 HAPCOA Scholarship recipients.

HAPCOA, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic

American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.   Through HAPCOA's members, which includes chiefs of police, sheriffs and police

superintendents from around the country, they are committed to meeting the challenges of

selection, promotion and retention of Hispanic American men and women in professional law

enforcement and the criminal justice system. The courageous men and women of HAPCOA also work diligently to address the concerns of their respective communities and improve community   relations through the implementation of innovative, state-of-the art training and educational programs.  

Each recipient’s dedication, and commitment to further their graduate education falls within the mission, which HAPCOA highly recommends to its members. In addition Brian has been recognized and promoted into leadership roles within his agency, he is highly recommended by   members   of his community and he is a member in good standing with HAPCOA.  

HAPCOA is extremely proud to have Mr. Reyes as a member, a mentor, and a leader within our law enforcement academic community. CASA of Central Texas Swears in Undergraduate On August 14th, undergraduate criminal justice major, Axton Deary was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. After being sworn in, Axton was appointed to a teenager who is in the state’s care because he is a victim of abuse and neglect. As his CASA, Axton will be heavily involved in his case and will use information he gathers from the teenager, his placement, CPS worker, Attorney and anyone else in his life, to advocate for his best interest each time the judge overseeing the case makes decisions.

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School of Family and Consumer   Sciences  

Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences Named

In July, Texas State Provost, Dr. Gene Bourgeois, announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney as Professor and Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.   Runyan,    

Dr. Runyan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Western Michigan University, a

Master of Science in Merchandising Management from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Environment, also from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Runyan served as an assistant and associate professor for four years at the   University of Tennessee in Knoxville; previously he served for three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. Before his appointment in South   Carolina, Dr. Runyan was Chair of the Department of Fashion Marketing and Management for six years at Northwood University in Midland, MI.    

Dr. Runyan’s research foci are small retailer entrepreneurship, especially within rural

communities,   and research methodology. He has published more than forty articles in journals

such as Journal of Retailing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Marketing

Management, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Small Business Management. He  

has conducted or collaborated on research in China, Chile’, and Japan as well as consulted with companies in Russia.  

Prior to entering the academy, Dr. Runyan spent 16 years in industry, working for, among

others, the Kmart Corporation, Reebok, and Bobbie Brooks. His industry experience was

instrumental   in creating a Retail Technology minor at the University of Tennessee, the first of

its kind in the country. Dr. Runyan has served as a Special Editor of several journals, including the Journal of Marketing Management and the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. He is on the editorial boards of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and Business Quest.    

Texas State Faculty Honored During Annual Fall Convocation By Kristina Kenney, University News Service September 13, 2012 Texas State University-San Marcos President Denise Trauth presented several faculty and staff awards during the Fall Convocation. The Alumni Association recognized Jiyun Kang, assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, as the recipient of the Teaching Award of Honor. Click here to read the rest of this news release.

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School of Family and Consumer   Sciences (cont.)  

Faculty Accomplishments

Publication: E.-Y. Park, D. Pinali, K. Lindley, and M.A. Lane. 2012. Hepatic vitamin A preloading reduces   colorectal cancer metastatic multiplicity in a mouse xenograft model. 64, 732-740, Nutr. Cancer.  

Poster Presentation:

Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego: K. Olds and M.A. Lane 2012. Retinol tends to reduce activator protein-1 and nuclear factor kappa B mediated gene transcription in cultured human colorectal cancer cells. Faseb J.                  

Awards Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang, an Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University, received the Emerging Scholar Award of the year at the 103rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences   (AAFCS) in Indianapolis on June 26, 2012. The award was presented to Dr. Kang by Dr. Sharon DeVaney, Editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. The criteria for   the award are: the recipient must be a tenure track Assistant Professor, the topic of the research article must be original, the research design and methodology must demonstrate high standards, and the article should have the potential to make a lasting contribution to theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences. Dr. Kang was invited to present her research, titled "Social Shopping for Fashion: Development Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang, an Assistant and Validation of a Multidimensional Scale," at Award Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the School of Family and Consumer Winning Research session of the conference. Grants

Sciences and Dr. Sharon DeVaney, Editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang, an Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University, received a highly competitive grant, an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants for the 2012-13 academic year. Peer-reviewed Journal Publication Sullivan, Pauline., Kang, Jiyun, & Heitmeyer, Jeanne. (2012). Fashion involvement and experiential value: Gen Y retail apparel patronage. International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research. Online first (August 09)

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School of Family and Consumer   Sciences (cont.)  

Texas State Researcher Broadens Understanding of Social Shopping


By Paige Lambert The University Star, August 27, 2012 – 11:59 pm

Papers, books and certificates cover every inch of the office, each containing research and materials relating to the consumer sciences.

Among the certificates is the Family Consumer Science Research Journal Emerging Scholar of the Year award, presented to Professor Jiyun Kang, who developed a way to define social shopping in five dimensions. Shopping has been referred to as a type of therapy and social event that plays a major part in all kinds of relationships. However, no clear way of explaining this existed until Kang developed a   scale that detailed the different aspects of why people shop.  

Her research included questioning students on their opinions on fashion and shopping. Sharon Devaney, editor of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, said Kang’s research   and methodology were impressive.  


“She asked students for their opinion about fashion and shopping, and had a huge sample to work with,” Devaney said. “Kang gave a clear measurement of how shopping is not just buying a skirt. It’s a social behavior that affects us all.” Kang’s article, “Social Shopping for Fashion: Development and Validation of a Multidimensional Scale,” was inspired by observations of social   shopping. She asked 25 percent of the student body, a comparatively large sample, for their opinions about fashion and shopping behaviors. From there, she developed the five dimensions of social shopping. These include shopping alone and with friends, providing knowledge while engaging in the act, interaction with sales personnel, exploring new trends and creating friendships with other shoppers. Kang said her research took more than a year because she wanted the scale to be reliable, valid and useable. That way, retailers could use the research. Retailers can now pinpoint and segment the consumer groups to which they are trying to appeal, Kang said. By segmenting the groups and social behaviors, they can provide better marketing tools and experiences for their customers. “Fashion and shopping are more important than people realize,” said Gwendolyn Hustvedt, assistant professor of fashion merchandising. “It fulfills social interaction and helps people communicate their identity, even if they don’t believe so.” In the long run, Kang’s article will help researchers not only in the merchandizing world but in academia as well. “She is an excellent teacher because she uses this type of groundbreaking theoretical research and all her experience to improve her teaching,” Hustvedt said. “She has a high standard for herself, which also reflects on her teaching.” Kang has already applied her article to other research, delving deeper into the motivation and antecedents of social shopping. “Shopping isn’t just spending money, but going with others and enjoying the time there,” Kang said. “We all have social needs, whether with friends or interacting with strangers, that are met by shopping. My social scale explains these different types of needs. Shopping is about getting something good for yourself.”

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School of Family and Consumer   Sciences (cont.)  

Faculty & Alumni Accomplishments

Jene Laman, Professor of Interior Design in the School of FCS, had his artwork selected in the Columbia County Council on the Arts National Juried Exhibition titled "On and Off the Wall"   in Hudson, New York. His work was exhibited from May 16 - July 18, 2012.  

Escamilla J, Lane MA, (alum) Maitin V (2012) Cell-free supernatants from probiotic Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG decrease colon cancer cell invasion in vitro. Nutrition and Cancer, 64(6): 871–878.                  

US Department of Education Funds Grant To Improve Academic Achievement and Student Success through Mentoring, Planning for Academic Success and Financial Education  

Kimberlee Davis, PhD, School of Family and Consumer Sciences has been funded as a coprincipal investigator by the US Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. Dr. Davis will collaborate with principal investigator Dann Brown, PhD, Dean of University College and Director of the PACE Center, and two other co-principal investigators, Michael Nava, PhD, Assistant Dean of University College and Christine Norton, PhD, School of Social Work. The grant titled Mentoring and Academic Coaching: Foundations for Student Success at Texas State University will receive $3 million over five years with $456,000 for FY 2013. The funds will support projects designed to enhance student retention and persistence during their first year of college. To improve academic achievement in the freshman year, mentoring will be provided to students who would benefit from an academic “nudge”. This program will target students identified according to information provided at admission, which estimates their likelihood of academic success. In addition, this new initiative will receive CRLA International Mentor Training Program Certification as programs and services are aligned with best practices standards. Academic coaching will help students assess their personal strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for academic success and recovery, which will allow them to be retained to the sophomore year. Supplementing academic coaching students will participate in a comprehensive financial education program for first year students improving their awareness and understanding of budget and financial planning, overspending, dealing with debt and credit card, preventing identity theft and other topics. Dr. Davis will provide leadership for the financial education programming as the Financial Education Coordinator.

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Summer 2012

School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) Best Food FITS Receives Donation The Passion and Commitment (P & C) Investment Club of Grande Communications donated $2500 to Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) to improve the health of the San Marcos community. The P & C Investment Club is an employee giving program that funds non-profit organizations providing basic human services, education through access to computer technology, and positive initiatives for at-risk youth. Funds provided by the P & C Investment Club are donated by current Grande Communications employees, who also donate their time, and by Grande’s own corporate giving plan. An employee-run board of directors of the P & C Investment Club helps identify organizations who will benefit from P & C Investment Club funds. To date, over $1,000,000 has been granted to Texas communities served by Grande, including Austin, Corpus Christi, northwest suburban Dallas, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio, San Marcos, and Waco. Best Food FITS is an organization dedicated to combatting childhood obesity by 1) teaching families to feed healthful and appropriate foods to infants, toddlers, and older children; and 2) changing environmental factors that contribute to obesity. Best Food FITS was conceptualized and implemented by Dr. Sylvia Crixell and Dr. BJ Friedman, professors of Nutrition and Foods at Texas State University, and originally supported in 2010 by $150,000 in grant funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program. To date, Best Food FITS has collaborated with the City of San Marcos Housing Authority to significantly modify construction of the new Chapultepec Adult Learning Center to include 4 fully equipped teaching kitchens. Since construction was completed in 2011, Best Food FITS has offered free cooking classes twice per week to parents and children in San Marcos, providing lessons on how to prepare low-cost recipes incorporating fruits and vegetables, beans, and other healthful ingredients. Nutrition majors enrolled in senior-level nutrition classes at Texas State teach the hands-on classes. Best Food FITS has also collaborated with restaurant owners/managers to improve children’s menus in San Marcos restaurants to include more fruits and vegetables, eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages, and decrease high-calorie items. To date, 17 San Marcos restaurants offer Best Food FITS menus. By offering free cooking classes and changing the menus in San Marcos, Best Food FITS has raised awareness about obesity and, in collaboration with restaurant owners and managers, improved the restaurant ‘environment’ for children who live in San Marcos. Funds from the P & C Investment Club will be used to provide food and supplies for the free Best Food FITS cooking classes held at Chapultepec, and to support a new initiative of Best Food FITS – working with child care center directors in San Marcos to improve the meals and snacks offered to young children. Thus, funds from the P & C Investment Club will provide significant benefit to the residents of San Marcos.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

 Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies

Faculty Accomplishments Publications: Sedivy-Benton, A., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2012). Significant factors for teachers’ intentions to stay or leave the profession: Teacher influence on school, perception of control, and perceived support. National Teacher Education Journal, 5(2), 101-116. Boden-McGill, C.J., & Kippers, S.M. (Eds.). (2012). Pathways to Transformation: Learning in Relationship. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Merritt, L., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2012). Case story: A multidimensional instructional method. 2012 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences teaching with technology symposium. Little Rock, AR. Presentations: Merritt, L., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2012). Case story: A multidimensional instructional method. 2012 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences teaching with technology symposium. Little Rock, AR. Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor, and Melissa Hood, MAIS student in the Occupational Education Program, attended the Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting in Denver, June 20th through 23rd. They presented a research paper, “Finding One Another: Interdisciplinary and Programmatic Collaboration on Disabilities Among Faculty and Students” and presented a poster, “Strategies for Success: Students with ADD/ADHD in University Settings”. Dr. Matthew Eichler and Ms. Diana Martinez, an MSIS graduate in the Occupational Education Program, had an article published in the Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, “Hispanic Students’ Decisions to Attend a Texas University: The Importance of Influences.” Dr. Matthew Eichler attended the Adult Education Research Conference at SUNY-Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, New York, in May. He co-organized and co-convened the 10th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies Pre-conference, along with co-editing the proceedings, Incubating LGBTQ&A Research in Adult and Higher Education. His co-organizers included Dr. Julie Gedro of Empire State College and Dr. Robert Mizzi of Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). Dr. Mizzi and Dr. Eichler presented a research paper, “Troubling Desires: Learning and the Plight of Immigrant Sexual Minority Men”. Dr. Matthew Eichler had an article published in Sage Open, “Consuming My Way: An Autoethnographic Account of Coming Out as Consumptive Pedagogy”. Dr. Matthew Eichler was a part of a select consultant group working with the US Department of Justice, Federal Board of Prisons, to plan a training series, “Addressing the Fears/Meeting the Needs” regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex population in corrections at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, Colorado, on July 24-27.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

 Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies (cont.)  


Texas State Rising Stars: Faculty Spotlight

Round Rock Leader, 3/30/2012 10:20 am

Professor Barbara Doyle Wilson Department of Occupational Education, Texas State University Round Rock Campus Age: 65

Hometown: Giddings Degree and majors: Bachelor of Arts in Business Composite: Texas Lutheran University, Seguin; Master of Education: (Southwest) Texas State University  

What courses do you teach at the Texas State University Round Rock campus?

• Occupational Assessment • Cooperative Occupational Education Readiness • Practicum in Cooperative Occupational Education • Management of Business Office Education Training Programs • Instructional Strategies in Business Office Education Training Programs • University Seminar The courses are taught by distance-learning with a hybrid format and only meet one to three times. Some are taught in an accelerated eight-week session. How long have you been doing so? I have taught at Texas State University since fall 1988 for 23 years. I transferred from the San Marcos campus to Round Rock in 1999 and taught in the modular buildings across from Westwood High School until the permanent building in Round Rock opened in August 2005. Click here to read the rest of this article.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

School of Social Work


Texas State’s Biggs Elected to Statewide College Educators Board

Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, June 15, 201

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been elected vice-president of legislative affairs for the Texas Association of College Teachers.   Biggs was elected to the position for 2012-2013 by the TACT   membership. Cynthia Simpson of Sam Houston State University was elected TACT president-elect, and Chad Rose, also from Sam   Houston, was elected vice-president of membership.              

TACT has advocated for the rights of college teachers in Texas since its inception more than 60 years ago. As they step into their roles, TACT’s new officers will assist in the creation and advocacy of a legislative agenda that benefits Texas college faculty, staff, and students for decades to come. “Our   leadership is driven; our members are passionate about improving the quality of life of faculty,” said TACT Executive Director Chuck Hempstead. “We’ve got a pivotal session at the capitol coming up, and the volunteer board has outlined its aims for the legislative calendar. We’ll be making our policy goals known, just as we’ve done for the past 60 years.”   About The Texas Association of College Teachers (TACT) Since 1948, TACT has been at the forefront of the fight for teacher salaries and retirement benefits, academic freedom in the classroom, and tenure protection. Credit for the success of the association goes to the thousands of academic leaders who spent their time, talents, energy and emotion to guide TACT through its six decades of service to the profession. For more information, contact Chuck Hempstead at (512) 873-7404.

Dr. Raphael Travis, LCSW Education – Walker Tisdale III ON AUGUST 28, 2012 11:34 PM

What do you get when you cross a guy who’s intellectually talented in public health and social work and also dedicated to helping kids be their best? It’s simple, you get an amazing compassionate scholar who cares about positive youth development. Raphael Travis Jr., DrPH, LCSW, is that compassionate scholar who will bring his insight and knowledge to Healthy Black Men. Committed to positive youth development, Dr. Travis has worked in both social work and public health. Dr. Travis’ current research interests include positive youth development over the life-course, adolescent resilience, and youth participation in individual and community transformation. Each research area intersects, allowing a thorough analysis of youth and adolescent development. Music, specifically Hip-Hop culture and rap music, is one major environmental influence that he investigates as it relates to risk behaviors, but also youth and community development. Click here to read the rest of this article.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

School of Social Work (cont.)





By Annie Drabicky Community Impact Newspaper, August 17, 2012 Editor's note: Community Impact Newspaper talked with veterans who made the transition from active duty to student life at Texas State University. Their interviews are condensed below, along with further excerpts from the interview with Jude Prather, Hays County Veterans Services officer. To share your experience, comment on this story or contact Editor Annie Drabicky at or 610-1751.

Veterans as Students

Devon Jachade was a firefighter in the Air Force from 2001–04, then became a contract firefighter for the Army. He was stationed in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Thailand and Kuwait before returning to Texas in 2009.

Jachade took a few classes during his active duty, but said the difference between those courses and more traditional ones was one of the difficulties he faced when he decided to get his degree.

"It's a totally different atmosphere because it's kind of geared toward the military lifestyle. When you come back here and you're around traditional students, it's hard. That was probably the biggest challenge, that along with relatability—other students not being able to understand, not being able to talk about what I'd done or what I'd seen," Jachade said.

Click here to read the rest of this article.

Network of Services Aids Veterans in Transition from Combat to Classroom By Annie Drabicky, Community Impact Newspaper, August 17, 2012

Of the 34,000 students expected to start classes Aug. 27 at Texas State University, roughly 2,400 will be veterans and dependents of veterans. The veterans bring with them many of the same challenges facing all students—adjusting to a new environment and schedule, for instance—but they also face a more complex transition than that of a recent high school graduate. Professor of social work Katherine Selber, a founding member of the Veterans Advisory Council and the faculty sponsor for the Veterans Alliance of Texas State, said the university works to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for veterans. “There’s a lot of stress that they deal with. They’ve been out of academia for many years— many of them have been out of high school for somewhere between four and eight years,” Selber said. “[Some] may be having mild traumatic brain injury, maybe they had some sort of improvised explosive device event. [They] could have some cognitive fuzziness and slowness, and so that makes them need certain tutoring.” Click here to read the rest of this article.

CAA Newsletter

 Graduate Studies News & Events

Summer 2012

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

Graduate Studies News (cont.) Graduate Student Travel Fund The Graduate College has limited funds to support graduate student travel to professional meetings. To be eligible for these funds, the student must be presenting a paper or poster. The student must also be enrolled during the semester the conference is held and meet all Texas State travel regulations. The maximum allocation from the Graduate College is $300 for out-of-state and $150 for instate travel. To request travel funds, the student should obtain the required Graduate Student Travel Funds Request form, complete the form and submit the form to their department. In most cases, the student’s department and academic College also contribute funds for the student’s travel.

_______________________________________________________________ Applying for Graduation You may   now   apply   online   for   graduation   through   the   new   Self-­‐Service   Banner   system.   Please   continue   to   view   this   Graduate   College   website   for   graduation   instructions   and   important   deadlines.   Undergraduate   (bachelor's)   students   need   to   contact   the   Advising   Centers   for   specific   information   about   applying   for   the   undergraduate   graduation.    

All Master's  and  Doctoral  students  must  apply  for  graduation  in  order  to  be  considered   a   candidate   for   graduation.   The   deadline   to   apply   for   August   graduation   is   June   22,   2012.   If   you   believe   that   you   are   an   eligible   candidate   for   August  2012   graduation  and   have   missed   the   deadline,   you   may   send   a   request   to   apply   after   the   deadline   to   Dr.   Mike   Willoughby,   Dean   of   the   Graduate   College   at   The   request  should  include  the  reason(s)  for  missing  the  deadline  and  why  you  should  be   given  the  opportunity  to  participate  in  the   May  commencement  ceremony.  If  you  apply   after  July  9,  your  name  will  not  be  in  the  commencement  program.     DEADLINE  HAS  BEEN  EXTENDED  TO  JULY  3RD.    

NOTE: If you are applying for a bachelor's degree, you must contact the appropriate undergraduate Advising Center for information about graduation application procedures or the ceremony.

_______________________________________________________________ The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in commencement [walking across the stage]" and "graduating [receiving a diploma]". Please visit the Candidate Instruction page for details.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) August  2012  CAA  Master’s  Hooding  Ceremony    




Criminal Justice Candidates

Family & Child Studies Candidates


MSIS & MEd Candidates

Social Work Candidates

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) August  2012  CAA  Master’s  Hooding  Ceremony      





CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) Master’s Graduation Candidates for August 2012 Department of Criminal Justice Miguel A. Avila, Jr., MSCJ Falon N. Hernandez, MSCJ David Prosser, MSCJ Elizabeth J. Summerville, MSCJ Victoria A. Terranova, MSCJ School of Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Child Studies Jessica M. Green, MS Deana R. Kirtley, MS Zenia Tamayo, MS Human Nutrition Brandon Y. Jamison, MS Seanna M. Marceaux, MS Shaniece A. Parker, MS

School of Social Work

School of Social Work (continued)

Erik C. Boie, MSW Tarra J. Brannon, MSW Shannon R. Brooks, MSW Hilda A. Brown-Prier, MSW Mayra L. Cruz-Herrera, MSW Nicole G. Curel, MSW Kristina A. Garcia, MSW Andres J. Garcia, MSW Courtney D. Gehrer, MSW Erika J. Gomez, MSW Montreece N. Green, MSW Teresa A. Greenburg, MSW Angela Head, MSW Christin H. Ivey, MSW Ebone S. Jay, MSW Katie D. Jones, MSW Christina M. Kubenka, MSW Amanda Y. Labbe, MSW Meaghan E. Lightbody-Warner, MSW

Lisa A. Lopez, MSW Melissa N. Marino, MSW Danette A. Meder, MSW Judy M. Morrison, MSW Danielle Nolette, MSW Felicia A. Penn, MSW Ana A. Perez-Ingram, MSW Rebekah L. Pidcock, MSW Kari R. Priser, MSW Tracey J. Ramirez, MSW Jason D. Robbins, MSW Jennie I. Schmitz, MSW Robyn L. Schoen, MSW Terra N. Sevier, MSW Cassandra L. Smith, MSW Ashley E. Steineckert, MSW Stephanie E. Sutton, MSW Lurene M. Tapia, MSW Lindsey J. Thomas, MSW Dalia C. Villa, MSW Jessica A. White, MSW Bree A. Williams, MSW Frieda I. Woods, MSW

Occupational Education Program Fred F. Bell, MSIS Roger E. Dovalina, MSIS Nekeida T. Dydell-Pierce, MSIS Michelle M. Hajovsky, MSIS James M. Janysek, MSIS

* Graduate Advisors and Graduation Candidates please be aware that participation in the CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony constitutes that all graduation requirements have been successfully met (thesis defense, comprehensive oral and written exams, completion of field hours, etc.) at the program, departmental and University levels.

CAA Newsletter

Summer 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events   (cont.)    

Paperless Application for the CAA Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)

In an   effort to support University goals and

sustainability efforts we are implementing a application process for the CAA Graduate Research Fellowship.


The purpose of the Graduate Research Fellowship program is to allow students the opportunity to learn more about conducting research by assisting faculty with various research projects (i.e., book, research article, grant proposal). The student will work with a professor for approximately 20 hours a week for $6,250 a semester. The positions are for a 9-month duration (September 1 awarded through May 31). APPLICATION PROCESS:

Students will apply by filling out the online


application. All attachments will now be submitted PDF format in a compressed zip file.


1. A one-page (single-spaced) personal statement of career goals and future plans, including why the student should be awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship. 2. Two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor in an academic institution. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the GRF Selection Committee. 3. A current, professional one-page resume.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions of transcripts are no longer necessary. They can be viewed in the Banner Document Management System (BDMS).

Board of Regents A nine member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor governs the Texas State University System. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the Board. Charlie Amato Chairman San Antonio Donna N. Williams Vice Chair Arlington Dr. Jaime R. Garza Regent San Antonio Kevin J. Lilly Regent Houston Ron Mitchell Regent Horseshoe Bay David Montagne Regent Beaumont Trisha Pollard Regent Bellaire Rossanna Salazar Regent Austin William F. Scott Regent Nederland Andrew Greenberg Student Regent Beaumont Brian McCall Chancellor

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Summer 2012 Newsletter  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and recognizes scholarly achievement from its faculty and graduate student body.

Summer 2012 Newsletter  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and recognizes scholarly achievement from its faculty and graduate student body.